1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

What is 1KB4K?

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is an exciting early literacy initiative aimed at getting children from age birth to five ready to learn how to read independently. Shared reading is one of the best ways to help babies, toddlers and preschoolers develop important early literacy skills. This program encourages parents and caregivers to read aloud 1,000 books with his or her child. And for every milestone that you and your child meet, you’ll be rewarded with fun prizes and incentives along the way!

Download the 1KB4K App:

Does it Sound Hard?

Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. You can read the same book multiple times! Books heard at Storytime count too!

Frequently Asked Questions

Signup for 1KB4K

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    Register for the program. Visit the Youth Services Desk to register and receive your first reading log.

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    Read books with your child. Each time you read a book with your child, check it off on your reading log.

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    Collect prizes. Once you’ve reached a milestone, bring the log to the Youth Services Desk and collect a prize!

    • 100 Books: Sticker
    • 250 Books: Bookmark
    • 500 Books: Finger Puppet
    • 750 Books: Stamper
    • 1,000 Books: Book